Natural stone tiles have been popular for centuries. Let’s face it, before mankind learned how to make porcelain or ceramic tiles, natural stone was all that was available. In fact, in the early days, natural stone flooring was often made from blocks of stone rather than tiles. Fortunately, you don’t have to lay large blocks of natural stone to get the same effect; you can lay much thinner and much lighter natural stone tiles.
When it comes to informal flooring, for example, in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor areas, natural stone tiles are the ideal choice. There is a large range of natural stone that is water-resistant, non-slip, and tough enough to withstand scratches and abrasions. Natural stone is also less affected by temperature extremes, especially heat. In the middle of summer, one of the coolest places to sit is often on a natural stone tile floor.
If you are looking for more formal flooring, then natural stone can satisfy that area as well. In fact, natural stone tiles are used in formal areas more often than informal areas – look at the widespread use of marble, granite and travertine in commercial areas, museums and many other more formal locations. Marble has been a popular choice of the rich and famous as well, not because it costs a lot more but simply because it gives an air of opulence.
For those who like the look of natural stone, don’t reserve it for your formal areas. Natural stone works wonderfully well in informal areas and can often be one of the wisest choices when it comes to longevity and low maintenance. If you require help to find the best natural stone tile for your residential or commercial floor project, talk to an expert at Éco Dépôt. They can help you design a great natural stone tile floor, whether it’s for a formal or informal area.